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JUNE 23-25, 2023

IRVING CONVENTION CENTER
IRVING, TX

REFUGE 2023

“COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO LABOR AND ARE BURDENED,
AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.”
-Matthew 11:28

MINISTRY TEAM

Andrew Laubacher

Andrew Laubacher

Worship Leader

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Sr. Miriam Heidland

Host

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Fr. John Burns

Priest

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Mark Hart

Speaker

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Katie Hartfiel

Speaker

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Oscar Rivera

Speaker

MARKETING MATERIALS

AS PEOPLE IN MINISTRY, WE KNOW THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF A STEUBENVILLE CONFERENCE IS A LIFE-CHANGING ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST. HOWEVER, THE WEIGHT OF AN ENCOUNTER LIKE THAT IS REALLY ONLY APPRECIATED AFTER HAVING ONE. FOR THAT REASON, WHEN INVITING A TEEN TO A STEUBENVILLE CONFERENCE, WE SUGGEST BEGINNING WITH BELONGING.

 

EVERY TEEN DESIRES TO BELONG – SIN AND SHAME CONVINCE THEM THEY DON’T.

THEY’RE NOT ALONE. OTHERS HAVE THE SAME STRUGGLES THEY DO.

THE WORLD SAYS THEY MUST CHANGE TO BELONG – GOD MEETS THEM WHERE THEY ARE.

THEY HAVE AN IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE CHURCH. THIS EVENT WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT THEM.

DETAILS

*Please note the early bird deadline has changed to March 15th this year. Be sure to register your group by that date to receive the discounted pricing!

Early Bird Cost: $195 (until March 15)
Cost After March 15: $210
Deposit Amount: $50

Deadline for Payment of Deposit: Two weeks after registering online
Deadline for Payment of Final Balance: May 1
A late fee of $10/spot will be applied to late payments.

Meals Included: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner. Many of the conference hotels include breakfast in the room rate. Be sure to check with your specific hotel.

Housing is not included in the registration fee. Group leaders are responsible for booking accommodations for their group. Please be sure to book at one of the conference hotels using the information in the section below.

Steubenville Lone Star will be held at:

Irving Convention Center
500 W Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, Texas 75039

Life Teen has acquired room blocks with discounted rates at many specific hotels in the area – some within walking distance. All groups registered for the conference should book rooms through the conference room blocks at these specific hotels. You can find the list of designated conference hotels and rates below.

View Hotel Info

The conference begins Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon. The full schedule will be posted soon.

  • If the deposit has not been paid online by credit card, a deposit check must be received in the Life Teen offices no more than 2 weeks after the date you registered online in order to secure spots.
  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to the final balance.
  • Final balance payments must be received in the Life Teen offices by May 1, 2023. A late fee of $10/spot will be applied to all registrations that are not paid in full by May 1st.
  • For registrations submitted after May 1st, full payment must be submitted immediately.


Payment Methods:

  • Checks should be made out to Life Teen and mailed to:
    Life Teen
    ATTN: Steubenville Lone Star
    P.O. Box 117299
    Atlanta, GA 30368-7299
  • To submit a credit card payment, click this link to view and pay your balance. You
  • will need your group leader first name, last name, email address and confirmation code to log in. Once logged in, you will be able to put in your credit card information and submit your payment.
  • The conference is for high-school aged youth. Youth participants must be age 18 or younger and incoming freshmen through just graduated seniors.
  • All youth must attend as part of a group with a group leader and chaperones.
  • Chaperones must be gender-specific (i.e. if 4 girls and 2 boys are attending, there must be at least 1 female AND 1 male chaperone).
  • The required chaperone to youth ratio is 1 chaperone for every 8 youth of that same gender.
  • Chaperones must be 21 years of age or older and provide proof of completing your Diocesan Safe Environment requirements.
  • Cost for chaperones to attend is the same as youth. Chaperones should be included in your group’s number of spots.
  • The minimum group size required is at least 3 people, made up of 1 chaperone with 2 teens (all of the same gender).
  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to the final balance.
  • Parishes may drop unneeded spots until May 1, 2023. The $50 deposit will be forfeited, but the remaining balance will not be owed.
  • Parishes will be held responsible for payment in full for all spots not dropped by May 1st.

We have a whole team ready to help you!

For registration questions, contact Julianna Nett at jnett@lifeteen.com.

For conference questions, contact Lori Miller at lmiller@lifeteen.com.

For general Life Teen/Steubenville questions, contact Sarah Houde at shoude@lifeteen.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

REGISTRATION FAQ'S

We strongly encourage you to register your group as soon as possible in case the conference sells out and so that we can best prepare for your arrival. To receive early bird pricing, you must register by March 15th. We will not be able to accept registrations or additions to groups after June 13th. Please refer to the registration section of the website for additional information about registration.

We love having priests attend the conference with their parishes! The registration fee for priests is waived in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions, concelebrate Mass, and be present to the teens during the conference. Registration for priests is handled separately from group registration. All priests must register via Clergy Registration. Do not include your priest in the numbers reserved for your group. If you have a priest that would like to attend the conference with your group, please visit the Clergy Registration section of the conference website to read about the required priest paperwork and to fill out the form to get him registered.

If your deacon would like to vest for the conference liturgies, in addition to being registered with your group, he must also fill out the Clergy Registration form and follow the instructions for submitting a Letter of Good Standing.

Yes. In your digital paperwork platform, you’ll need to delete the form of the person no longer attending and have the person replacing them fill out the form using your group’s code. If the replacement is an adult, make sure that they are included on your group’s Safe Environment form.

We have to hold all groups to the cancellation policies that were agreed to during registration. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable to the final balance. Parishes may drop unneeded spots until May 1st. The $50 deposit will be forfeited, but the remaining balance will not be owed if spots are dropped before May 1st. Spots may be dropped by emailing Julianna Nett at jnett@lifeteen.com. Parishes will be held responsible for payment in full for all spots not dropped by May 1st. Be sure to pay attention to these deadlines. The best thing you can do is to find teens to attend! You may want to consider inviting a neighboring parish who is not yet registered to join your group.

The exchanging of spots between parishes is not allowed. You may choose to bring participants from other parishes to fill spots you purchased; however, by doing so, you assume all responsibility for them as they are considered part of your group. They will be seated with your group, you must have enough chaperones to meet the required ratios, and their paperwork must be completed using your group’s code.

The bus driver is not permitted into the conference unless they are a fully paid participant with the proper paperwork submitted.

Please watch this instructional video that will walk you through how to access your group’s digital paperwork. If you are still having difficulty after watching the video, contact Julianna Nett at jnett@lifeteen.com.

All participants attending the conference must complete a digital liability form. To fill out the digital paperwork for your child, you will need to get your group’s code or direct link from your group leader. This instructional video will walk you through the steps for completing the paperwork.

Yes, you have two options to get your teen registered for the conference. You can form and register a small group comprised of yourself, your teen, and some of his or her friends. In that case you would be the group leader. We require a minimum group size of 3 and all groups must comply with the chaperone requirements. The other option is to find out if there is a parish in your area attending the conference and then you can contact the youth minister at that parish to see if they’d be willing to take your teen as a part of their group. Contact Julianna Nett at jnett@lifeteen.com to see if any groups from your area are registered.

EVENT FAQ'S

Youth participants must be age 18 or younger and incoming freshman through just graduated seniors. All chaperones must be 21 years of age or older. Since it is a high school youth conference, young adults ages 19 & 20 may not attend with a registered group. They may apply to serve as volunteers. All participants must be registered as part of a group with a group leader taking responsibility for adhering to the payment, cancellation, and paperwork policies.

 

Click here to preorder Steubenville t-shirts for your group. Shirts are $20 and must be ordered by May 12th at 12pm ET. If you choose not to preorder, a limited supply will be available for sale at the conference.

We do have a limited amount of scholarships available for teens to attend the Steubenville Conferences. If you have a teen in financial need, please download this scholarship application and submit it. Scholarship applications are due by April 15th.

No, infants and children are not allowed at Steubenville Conferences. Although we strongly support Catholic family life, our staffing, facility constraints, and insurance regulations at these conferences do not allow us to provide childcare. Meeting rooms are not designed for the care of young children. In addition, the focus of the group leaders & adult chaperones needs to be on the youth participants. If these adults bring their own children, their focus will be split. With the best care of the youth in mind, this is not allowed.

No, because of safety, security, liability, and safe environment requirements, we aren’t able to have visitors who aren’t registered participants attend any part of the conference.

Parking is free. Smaller vehicles (up to 12 passenger vans) can park in the attached parking garage at the Irving Convention Center. Parking details for larger vehicles will be sent out via email prior to the conference. Buses whose bus drivers are not attending the conference are asked to park elsewhere and use the loop in front of the ICC for drop off and pick up only.

Please inform Julianna Nett at jnett@lifeteen.com as soon as possible of any special needs an individual in your group may have so that we can accommodate to the best of our ability. For example, we can arrange to have an interpreter for someone who is hearing impaired during parts of the conference, but we need to know this in advance in order to meet specific needs.

Food allergy information is collected via the online digital liability form. Participants with food allergies must fill out that online form prior to June 1st in order for their allergy to be accommodated at the conference.

The Franciscan LEAD weeks that typically take place the week prior to each Steubenville Conference will not be held in 2023. If you have leadership teens that were hoping to attend LEAD, consider bringing a group to the Life Teen Leadership Conference instead!

We rely on the dedication and generosity of many volunteers to make the conference successful. If you are interested in volunteering at the conference, please click here to learn more about volunteering and to fill out the volunteer interest form.

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